Strong Moral Values a must for better
Organised by Nepal Foundation for Advanced
04 May 2013, Kalikasthan, Rasuwa, Nepal
Social awareness among local people is
one of major ingredients for development. No society can move
forward without social harmony, no matter how reach is it in terms
of resources. With the view of generating awareness among local
people the Nepal Foundation for Advanced Studies (NEFAS) conducted
one day seminar here in Kalikasthan, Rasuwa Saturday.
Executive director of NEFAS Ananda Shrestha in the beginning
came up with view that social awareness was a must to maintain
harmony in the society. Highlighting the objectives of the program,
Shrestha said people should be aware what they have and what
they can do for the society. The program was organized with
the view of spreading knowledge about social awareness and social
well-being to a large extent. We would collect all the views
and bring them to the attention of concerned bodies so that
it would help them formulate national policies to a large extent.
Even though over politicization seems to have marred the social
harmony, we should always focus on development with social harmony
and better coordination among the people. This is how we can
live in harmony, he said adding "NEFAS, with this objective
has been conducting such program in different parts of the country."
NEFAS chief further elaborated that
interactions between people, particularly youths was essential
to accelerate a positive movement in the society. Today's youths
are quite competent and able, but deterioration of moral values
amongst youths could largely jeopardize social harmony, he said.
Even though the people in this tiny
mountainous village is well aware about the importance of education,
most of them seem to be politically ignorant and naïve.
The number of schools, colleges and education institutions definitely
draw a rosy picture of this village, but from the point of view
of sociologist, political analysts, economists and development
experts; civic education and political awareness are equally
important for sustainable development of the village.
Highlighting the objective of the programme,
Shrestha said that the interaction with the local people would
greatly help dig out the real sense of people. This type of
programme has been organised in more than 68 districts with
the view of generating knowledge about civic education. We hope
our efforts would at least help policy makers to formulate national
policy at the interests of local people."
While presenting his paper, Shiva Raj Dahal,
a social science expert who has been closely monitoring the
social aspects of the village for the last couple of years said
that political awareness along with civic education are must
to instill growth. "Otherwise growth cannot be sustainable,"
Education without civic or moral values ultimately
takes society nowhere. Today's youths are more inclined to go
abroad for employment or education. They are heavily influenced
by Western culture (so-called modern culture) which to a large
extent contributing to the degeneration of our social values,
He further said that youths from the very
beginning of their school days should be made well-aware about
their duties and responsibilities towards society.
Presenting his paper on "Roles and Responsibilities
of Youths", he said concerted efforts should be made to
formulate policies on mobilization of youths for positive change
in the society. Rome was not built on single day, it needs continuous
efforts of stakeholders and social activists, and hence our
efforts should at least be zeroed in on policy formulation.
Highlighting the economic aspects for social
integration, Prof. Dr. Gunanidhi Sharma, former vice chairman
of National Planning Commission said that social and economic
development cannot be kept a part. They should go hand in hand.
It is the responsibility of the government to formulate policies
to encourage youths to work for the society.
Prof. Sharma blamed political parties and
their leaders for failing to give vision to youths. Inability
of political leadership has triggered instability and frustration
Presenting a bleak economic scenario of the
nation, he said myopic vision of the leaders and policy makers
brought the country's economy to a dire strait. However, he
said that youths who are the future of the nation should be
encouraged to take political leadership.
Prof. Ram Kumar Dahal, presenting his views
on political facets said that youths who have bigger role in
the society should always be aware about moral values. They
are the leaders of political parties who can really work out
for the new generation.
Prof. Dahal also underlined the need for introducing
a 'mass social campaign for youths'. Policy at national level
must be formulated to encourage youths to work for the society
and adhere social norms. Citing an example of a Norwegian Prime
Minister he said that today's youths should be taught what moral
Youths should be encouraged to take part in
political activities. However, we or our system has blindfolded
them and youths are shying away from politics.
People from various walks of life who took
part in the workshop underlined need of seminars and workshops
for local people. However, our voices should be brought to the
attention of policy makers who help formulate policy at national
Most of the people in this village are well
aware about the importance of education and more specifically
women and adult education is very popular here, says Ram Dayalu
Shah, principal of Kalikasthan Secondary School.
He says social harmony, balance of power and
understanding the social values are the major components to
make the society dynamic, transparent and value-based.
However, he says that the village is not an
exception to other villages in the country, youths are shying
away and most of them are aware about civic education and social
Speaking at the interaction programme on "Civic
Education to Youths" organised, most of the participants
underlined the need for instilling the values of civic education.
Particularly, women participants expressed their concerned about
growing anomalies in the national politics.
Sita Dhakal, an activist of women cooperative
society and former political activist said that politicians
particularly law makers from different political parties should
be given moral education. This is high time for upholding social
harmony, he said.
Another participant Meghnath Dhital underlined
the need for educating youths to instill the feeling moral values.
Shanti Thing said that a kind of social movement
should take place to bring the social towards the right direction.
Responding to queries of participants, Prof.
Dr. Gunanidhi Sharma said social development should go along
with economic one. Both economic and social development should
go in tandem.
Prof. Ram Kumar Dahal, said local people no
matter where they live and what social status they have should
be aware about politics and culture.
Resource person, Shivaraj Dahal elaborating
the significance of social values said that country's development
is not possible without empowering youths. So youths should
be mobilized for positive change in the society.
From the chair of the programme, Meghanath
Dhital said that such awareness program would largely help generate
awareness among local people.
Around 150 people from different walks of
life were participating in the programme.